West Nile Virus detected in Elkhart County

West Nile Virus detected in Elkhart County

The Montgomery County Mosquito Abatement team has detected an increase in West Nile Virus positive mosquito samples in The Woodlands and strongly encourages residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

The Health Department said the traps were set on June 21 and 22 of 2018 and today they found out about the results from the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory.

Helicopter-based spraying was conducted in the same area early past year, reducing the mosquito population temporarily, but "they have gone back up", according to the district. In the most severe cases (about 1 out of 150), people will develop a severe illness that can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the United States that affects an estimated 329,000 people annually and can cause severe damage to joints and the nervous system.

West Nile has been detected in CT every year since 1999. Approved mosquito repellents have ingredients that include DEET, picaridin, PMD, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. The virus can also infect horses and birds, with birds serving as the source of infection for most mosquitoes who then pass the virus along to humans by biting them.

If going outside, use an EPA-approved insect repellent.

Three residents were diagnosed and hospitalized due to West Nile infections previous year.

Last year, 30 towns in 6 counties had mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile.

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